Unrepentant Tim DeChristopher welcomed with cheers, open arms


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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 24, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    I still want to know how he can afford a vacation? Didn't he just spend 21 months in prison and didn't he just have to defend himself in court?

  • Candy D Salt Lake CIty, UT
    April 23, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    How you see his actions depends on what you think is more important: the economy or the environment. Global warming and weather patterns are not completely understood. Pollution and a trashed environment definitely makes people and ecosystems sick. Pollution isn't just caused by big oil companies either. In a large part it comes from lots and lots of people not really caring enough to make an effort and it all adds up to the big, sad, unhealthy mess we all live in right now. From some very valid perspectives, what DeChristopher did wasn't a good idea. Nevertheless, anyone who truly cares enough to to risk their future, to do what they believe is the right thing, and to try to fix some very real problems, is definitely ok in my book. He is making a concrete effort to be part of the solution instead of the problem. Ultimately, we need to look at ourselves and ask if we want to be part of the solution, or part of the problem. Remember, no matter how insignificant our efforts may seem, little steps in the right direction will eventually get us to our goals.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2013 3:24 p.m.


    "Harvard, and a trip down Cataract Canyon, like a true liberal elitist. Two things the common working man will never be able to do."

    What's stopping you from taking a trip down Cataract Canyon? What's stopping you from going to Harvard? Many, many, many working-class people have done both. I've done the latter, but never had the grades in school to do the former. My working-class roots didn't keep me from doing either.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2013 3:22 p.m.


    "We for sure don't need the Feds hijacking our land."

    Utah is trying to hijack the Federal government's land.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    April 23, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    OK. So, I'll let the rest of you fill me in. This is the first I've read of DeChristopher. My obvious question is what was gained or changed from his 21 month sentance? From what he he was originally sentenced for, what's changed since? From what very little bit I know, I tend to agree with @ AlanSutton- "Mr. DeChristopher is living a charade."

  • LDS Tree-Hugger Farmington, UT
    April 23, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Thanks Tim,

    For sacrificing 2 years of your freedom for putting your belief in God's creation above the greed of Corporations!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 23, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    To "elarue" that was already done. Farmers can grow industrial hemp. See "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009"

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Mr. DeChristopher is living a charade. Contrary to what he and his supporters claim, he is no Henry David Thoreau. He did not attend the bidding session as an act of civil disobedience. His bids were unpremeditated, spur of the moment decisions. Only after his arrest did he pretend to be following his conscience. When his fellow church members and university friends started cheering him, he went along and played the martyr. In the end, he has nothing to complain about. The justice system was very good to him, and certainly more than fair. He could have, and I think should have, received a much greater punishment for his foolish actions.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    We the people of this great state can manage our resources. We for sure don't need the Feds hijacking our land. If we sell it to mining then we can require clean behavior that protects the land.

    There is a place for mining. We need it done with integrity by good companies.

    To become another terrorist like the federal government is not the answer.

    It is time for good people to stand up and be heard.

    RE: One Old Man, Senator Lee is doing awesome! But Senator Hatch has stood by while our entire country was hijacked. He didn't go down with a fight. Time for the career politicians to go.

    I love the land. But to celebrate this guy is not the right move. We need a bigger spotlight on the real issues. Our news stations are horrible at really informing us of the issues. Time for some better information to make its way to us.

  • curious george Smalltown, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    This guy will mold his few minutes of fame into a best selling book , go on tour for the entities that have paid his way as a poster child and make millions in the process. Also, like the guy who lost his arm in Blue John Canyon he'll be used by politicians and radical environmental groups to further their agendas until he is not any good them anymore and we will not hear from him again. This story just keeps repeating itself.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    This guy is a fanatic that has become a martyr...and that makes him truly dangerous!

  • freedom in 2017 paradise, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    most criminals are unrepentant. add this guy to the list

  • elarue NEW YORK, NY
    April 23, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    @Fred Vader - maybe if we could legalize industrial hemp and make fabric out of it, then they could wear clothes made out of that instead of other more harmful materials, and they could fill up on home grown American hemp gasoline rather than Saudi Arabian crude.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    Harvard, and a trip down Cataract Canyon, like a true liberal elitist. Two things the common working man will never be able to do.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    @ Darth Vader

    Why is it when critics hate the argument they attack the messanger instead of the message?

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    The only thing that would make this pinhead more "newsworthy" is if he were an illegal alien with kids and was facing deportation. How come no one talks about the people's jobs he destroyed and the other consequences of his actions. I reviewed the dire predictions of the environmentalists that were made on the first Earth Day in the 70's. Not a single one of their dire consequences remotely came to pass. Their "science" is no better today than it was 30 years ago.

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    April 23, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    "encouraging people to ask themselves whether they should buy bigger and greater things just because they can." says the now enrolled Harvard student....?!

    It also didn't look like anyone in the photos were wearing just leafs for clothing....so other people buying up land for oil and gas equals bad, but you wearing the latest fashions made from those efforts and preaching from your movie theater soap box also made from those efforts equals good? How are you getting to Cataract Canyon? Walking? No? What are you going to be riding the rapids in, a rubber boat? How is rubber made again?

    Perhaps he should add "hypocrite" to the "unrepentant" title....

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 23, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    DeChristopher would make an excellent replacement for either Hatch or Lee in the Senate.

  • collegestudent25 Cedar City, UT
    April 23, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    Send him back.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    April 23, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    Thanks Tim, Best of luck in school.